Philadelphia Eagles: Vick and Season Slipping Away Before Our Very Eyes

Frank PassalacquaAnalyst IISeptember 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Shaun Young points before the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants at Lincoln Financial Field on September 25, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Today was complete deja-vu. Let me run you through this.

It's the end of the third quarter and the Eagles are winning. Michael Vick was just taken out of the game due to some injury, and now Mike Kafka comes in only to lose the game, once again.

Sound familiar?

Yes, because that's what happened last week against the Atlanta Falcons—the same thing that happened this week against the New York Giants. The only difference, Vick suffered a broken hand instead of a concussion.

After all the talk about the Eagles being the team to beat in the NFL, they find themselves at 1-2. The main reasoning for this is the fact that Vick cannot stay on the field.

Last week against the Falcons was understandable. Once a player suffers a concussion, they must sit out. This week, Vick suffers a broken hand to his non-throwing hand and still sits out. Really, Vick? You can't man-up and play through that?

If I remember correctly, Donovan McNabb finished a game on a broken ankle in 2002 against the Arizona Cardinals and still managed to walk away with the victory. 

So why is it that the man that was praised last year is starting to be looked at with red eyes by many fans? 

Just a quick question: Anyone else missing Kevin Kolb and wished the Eagles didn't trade him away? I no I am.

Kafka came off the bench and threw two interceptions along with just 35 yards. I bet Kolb would've done better than that. At least last season when Vick went down I didn't cover my eyes when I saw a backup under center. Last time I checked, over 1,000 yards as a backup is good enough for me.

The Eagles did a decent job covering the running game against the Giants.

The bigger problem was the Eagles' inability to move the ball. McCoy had a great game with 128 yards and a touchdown, but it was the 199 passing yards and three interceptions by both quarterbacks that set them back. 

How is it that a team like the Eagles, who are 6-0 against the Giants in the past three seasons, can lose to a team with most of their starters out? Mario Manningham, Domenik Hixon, Terrell Thomas and Osi Umenyiora were not on the field Sunday against the Eagles. Just imagine if they were. 

If the Eagles want to start playing like the team they can potentially be, then they need to step up. Week 4 opens a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, a growing team at 2-1.

Will Vick play? Probably not. That means either Mike Kafka or Vince Young will get their first start as an Eagle. If you ask me, I say start Young. 

Anyone else on the boat for drafting Denard Robinson in 2013?